BEES CAN LIVE WITH PRESSURE – SMITH
BRENTFORD manager Dean Smith insists his side will not buckle under the weight of expectation during their latest promotion push.
The Bees are fully expected to once again be in the mix at the top end of the Championship come May, particularly after securing three successive top-ten finishes in as many seasons.
Smith, who took over at Griffin Park late in 2015, has no qualms with Brentford being tipped for success this term.
“There is no extra pressure because the pressure has always been there – from the players and coaching staff – to go and deliver performances,” said the 46-year-old.
“It is a very close-knit group. It is a really good football club to be at and we are all, including the fans, pushing in the same direction.
“There’s always been a pressure that we put on ourselves and I would feel we haven’t recruited well if the players weren’t putting pressure on themselves.
“The aim of the football club is to get to the Premier League.
“The drive and the energy is there for all to see at the moment. We have to maintain that. It can’t be a four or five-week spell. It has to be a 46-game spell.”
POSITIVE: Dean Smith